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What’s peyronie’s disease?

Several nondrug treatments for Peyronie’s disease are being investigated, but evidence is limited on how well they work and possible side effects. These include using intense sound waves to break up scar tissue (shock wave therapy), devices to stretch the penis (penile traction therapy) and radiation therapy.

What is Peyronie’s disease and how do I treat it? Several nondrug treatments for Peyronie’s disease are being investigated, but evidence is limited on how well they work and possible side effects. These include using intense sound waves to break up scar tissue (shock wave therapy), devices to stretch the penis (penile traction therapy) and radiation therapy.

How do I know if I have Peyronie’s disease? The main symptom of Peyronie’s disease is the formation of flat scar tissue called plaque. This scar tissue can generally be felt through the skin. Plaque normally forms on the upper side of the penis, but may also occur on the bottom or side.

What can be done to help with Peyronie’s disease?

There are 3 basic ways to fix Peyronie’s disease with surgery:

  • making the side of the penis opposite the plaque shorter
  • making the side of the penis that curves longer
  • placing a prosthetic device inside the penis

What are the major causes of Peyronie’s disease? The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t completely understood, but a number of factors appear to be involved. It’s thought Peyronie’s disease generally results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during sex, athletic activity or as the result of an accident.

Are there any ways to cure Peyronies disease?

Are there any ways to cure Peyronies disease? There have been mixed results on studies of vitamin E and with potassium aminobenzoate, which is related to the B vitamins. They aren’t proven cures. Other ways to treat Peyronie’s disease that are unproven include injecting chemicals directly into the plaque and radiation therapy.

What treatment do you recomend for Peyronies disease?

Medications include:

  • Collagenase. The only FDA-approved medication for Peyronie’s disease is collagenase clostridium histolyticum (Xiaflex).
  • Verapamil. This is a drug normally used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Interferon. This is a type of protein that appears to disrupt the production of fibrous tissue and help break it down.

What can be done to help with Peyronie’s disease?

There are 3 basic ways to fix Peyronie’s disease with surgery:

  • making the side of the penis opposite the plaque shorter
  • making the side of the penis that curves longer
  • placing a prosthetic device inside the penis

Does Medicare cover Peyronie’s treatment? For patients who require surgical treatment, Medicare pays for surgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease including penile prosthesis, penile plication. Medicare Advantage including Medicare HMO plans also cover treatment for Peyronie’s disease.